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Exiled by Matthew Merrick
Book one in The Protector series
Find Exiled: Amazon . Amazon UK
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Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase's birthday, the bloodline stopped.

Exiled without the Circle's protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle's agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can't do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna — a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.

In their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle's plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other's life depending on it.

Rayne was quick to comment. “My, can it be true? One day you’re calling me a filthy demon, and next you’re having sleepover with an Underworlder?” “What can I say, he was prettier than you.”~ Rayne and Chase

What a read! Exiled by Mathew Merrick was a fantasy-action novel at its best!  If you’re looking for an awesome, action, paranormal novel with a male main character then look no further! Exiled will have you up late at night needing to know what Chase was going to get himself in and out of next!

Chase is a part of the Circle, a group of hunters who have elemental powers to help them save the innocent from demons. Today is Chase’s 15th birthday, today he is supposed to finally receive his elemental power, but when at the elemental power comes. In return his powerful father , a fire elemental has his own son Chase, and Tessa, Chases mother exiled from the circle.

Almost three years later, and Chase still relives that day, every day. As if that wasn’t bad enough, even though he has been exiled, and has no elemental power, he is still regularly attacked by demons. But one day everything changes, he meets Rayne, a beautifully fierce girl that is part demon and hunter… according to what the circle taught him, Rayne shouldn’t even exist...after meeting Rayne, Chase is learning that there is much more going on in the Circle then he could ever imagine..

What a ride! Exiled was one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read, it had everything you want when looking for a great paranormal read, there were hunters, demons, vampires, werecats, goblins, trolls, giants, I think you get my point! This novel completely satisfied my paranormal needs, the part I especially loved about the fantasy beings was how the hunters worked, most books that have hunters, means they are just really strong and good fighters. But in Exiled hunters had magical powers; each hunter had an element they could use; air, fire, water, or earth! Scenes that involved hunters using such awesome powers were my favorite parts throughout the book!

Besides the fantasy aspect of Exiled, I also enjoyed the action throughout it. I don’t normally get to into action scenes in books, but with Exiled I was completely spellbound! The action scenes were so intense with lots of blood and so well written, I normally can’t picture battle/fights in my head very good, but with every one of Matthew Merrick’s action scenes, I pictured it picture perfect clear in my mind, it was incredible! More or so I guess that just means I completely loved the author Matthew Merrick’s writing, even outside of battle scenes each page flowed perfectly, and I was able to easily imagine what was going on!

Last, but not least the characters! The variety of characters was wonderful! There were so many different characters that Chase runs into throughout Exiled, and each and every one of them was easy to remember! No one was really all that similar; each character had a distinctive personality. My favorite hands down though were Chase, Rayne, and Willy. And each one of them is different Chase is insanely strong headed, Rayne is flat out fierce, and Willy is the guy always scared and stuttering! Their each so different, yet I loved every one of them!

Overall Exiled is not a book any YA fantasy/paranormal readers want to miss. This book had me going crazy over what Chase was going to get him and his friends into next, and I cannot wait to see where book 2 Shift will take him next, I can only hope all the characters I have come to love will make it out of book 2 alive!


roro said...

i so oughta read this series
i have both wat is stopping me lol
i try to read it soon
gr8 review chicka

Val said...

Hey Haley - nice review. I agree with you that this book is quite the ride. Matt's imagination is fabulous! So glad you enjoyed it.


Bookish Brunette said...

EXILED & SHIFT are two of my FAVORITE books ever!!!

I have no clue why people compare them to Mortal Instruments... lol They were nothing alike...